30 January 2008
An exhibition standard waterline model of the R.M.S. Andes of the Royal Mail Line
Bassett-Lowke, Northampton; circa 1953
the hull built up in wood, with a painted red waterline and white topsides with framed port holes and window frames, anchors and hand lettered name on either side of the bow and the stern, the deck of laid paper with the planking drawn in India ink, and detailed with deck light, bollards, anchor windlass, vents, cargo hatches, ladders, fore and aft masts with standing and running rigging, built up super structure with bridge and bridge wings detailed with running lights, binnacle, radio finder and antennae, deck railings, life boats on davits, funnel painted in Royal Mail livery, pool with chairs and umbrellas, flags, and other details. Mounted on modeled textured painted sea with a pair of engraved aluminum name plaques, and displayed within a mahogany framed glass case on a later wood table stand.
17½ x 49¾ in. (44.5 x 126.3 cm.) cased.
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Roland Fuller et al., The Bassett Lowke Story, 1984, page 342 for a listing of the production year of the model for Royal Mail.
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